We’ve been through it all. The countless hours of squishing our tummies, pointlessly changing positions in bed, turning topsy-turvy, strolling around and taking the deepest breaths ever, waiting for the cramps to calm down. “Screw patience and let me just pop a f*&$!ing painkiller and get it over with."
Well, that’s a bad idea, ladies. Popping too many pills can be nasty for your body. It may cause side effects like stomach ulcers, acid reflux, digestive problems and in some cases even serious gastrointestinal side effects.
Worry not, here are some natural ways to tackle the beast:
It’s gettin’ hot in here: The old-fashioned, grandma’s heat therapy, be it in the form of a hot water bottle or a heating patch/pad. This is a tried and tested method that works for moderate muscular cramps. (Source)
Wiggle, wiggle, yeah!: Yes, working out could be a good natural pain reliever as it increases blood flow to the abdomen, keeping the oxygen constantly flowing in the cells. Being on your feet increases the natural serotonin levels, happy hormones, and dopamine, the chemical that sends signals between nerve cells. To add to that, exercising reduces stress which may be a contributing factor to cramps too. (Source)
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Pleasure, all the way: Masturbating and having sex on your period is completely healthy. There’s nothing gross about it. If you want to kick the cramps in the a#$ and do it in pleasure, you’ve got to try this one out. According to some research, when you orgasm, the body releases oxytocin and dopamine, coupled with other endorphins that may help in soothing period cramps. So get those vibrators out, and get at it! (Source)
- Eat it to beat it: Making dietary changes may help in reducing period cramps. Have a lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean proteins, and whole grains to stay healthy. Also make sure you hydrate yourself frequently with water and herbal teas. Dehydration can lead to painful bloating and heightening period cramps. Avoiding unnecessary salt and caffeine also may help in cutting out the bloating and fluid retention. (Source)
All in all, period cramps are normal. They’re as normal as a headache. And don’t worry, all bodies are different so what works for me, might not work for you. Please, please, always consult your doctor/gynaecologist before trying out any health remedy. Also speak to them in case of extreme period pain or if you have a condition like PCOS, Endometriosis.